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To call Wednesday's visit by Scott Pruitt, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, in East Chicago, Indiana, highly anticipated would be putting it mildly. While visiting a Pennsylvania coal mine, Pruitt announced the new focus "means returning EPA to its core mission: protecting the environment by engaging with state, local, and tribal partners to create sensible regulations that enhance economic growth".

Prior to his appointment by President Donald Trump to serve as the nation's chief environmental regulator, Pruitt was attorney general of Oklahoma and closely aligned with the state's oil and gas industry.

Barbara Bolling-Williams, state president of the IN branch of the NAACP, said she is cautiously optimistic following Pruitt's visit, but added that his visit comes with the threat of "a skinnier EPA budget, fewer regulations - and rumors Chicago's regional EPA office could be shut down looms IN the background".

Demonstrators rallied in the lead-contaminated community to protest Pruitt's visit.

While Pruitt's visit was welcomed by officials in this small, industrial and Democratic-dominated city, he drew criticism from the union representing EPA workers.

The Trump administration's proposed budget included a 31 percent funding cut to the EPA and a 3,200-person reduction in its workforce.

They said they've only gotten "non-denials" in response.

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"Pruitt, "made commitments that we would have it right", Democratic Senator Joe Donnelly said". The school was closed in 2016 due to high levels of lead on school grounds and is located near the West Calumet Housing Complex in East Chicago, which is scheduled for demolition.

Chanting crowds weaved through streets of East Chicago on Wednesday near a Superfund site.

Eleven of the remaining families have found new homes and are in the process of moving, according to HUD.

"We can't drink the waters". "Ultimately, city residents - including but not limited to Superfund site residents - need full replacement of their lead service lines at no or greatly reduced cost to them", she wrote. Housing officials said their goal is to move out all families by May.

Forty-four-year-old Demetra Turner says finding a solution is the fight of her life. "There's a hope that actually seeing the problems, meeting the people, seeing their stories and hearing their demands and concerns would turn even the coldest of hearts", Geertsma said. Pruitt was scheduled to to tour the complex where roughly 1,000 people were ordered evacuated because of lead contamination.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is re-considering a rule that would limit methane emissions from oil and gas extraction operations.

The Environmental Protection Agency will begin reducing its workforce by offering buyouts to the agency's 15,000 employees after the White House issued an order for agencies to cut down their teams, the Washington Post reports.

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